November E-Newsletter

Thanksgiving Leftovers: The Feast Continues!

We all love leftover Thanksgiving food, but find out how else you can put them to use!

For delicious food and hearty feasting, nothing beats Thanksgiving dinner. Between the turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the butternut squash, the sweet-butter rolls and the apple pie, it's "the meal to end all meals."

Of course, even the heartiest appetites only go so far. Invariably, as the holiday winds down, we all find ourselves facing that once-a-year dilemma: How to keep Thanksgiving food appealing long after the relatives have gone home.

In that spirit, here are a few suggestions on "dressing up" your Turkey-Day leftovers.

Mashed Potato Pizza, Anyone?

Admit it: If there's one food you can eat any time of year (not to mention any time of day!), it's pizza. So this first "leftover makeover"; just seems common sense to us.

Here's all you have to do to bring new life to those (huge piles of) mashed potatoes.

Prebake your favorite pizza dough until the edges are just set, then spread with leftover mashed potatoes (the more garlicky, the better!) and sprinkle with shredded cheddar or mozzarella. Crumbled bacon is optional, though highly recommended.

Talk about giving white pie a whole new meaning!

An Asian Spin on Green Beans

Green beans tend to get a bit soggy soon after the big meal. Luckily, they nicely complement other types of food, so here's a creative way to "repurpose" another holiday staple.

It's a dish called Thanksgiving fried rice.

Simply stir-fry chopped cooked green beans (and any other leftover veggies) in oil, then add cold cooked rice and toss until coated and warm. Fold in leftover turkey or ham, and add a splash of soy sauce. (If you really want to go wild, serve topped with a fried egg!)

So much for soggy, unwanted beans!

The Surprising Versatility of Stuffing!

Stuffing's stuffing, right? After all, what else can you do with it other than reheat it on Friday (and again on Saturday... and again on Sunday)?

Well, don't be so fast to shortchange the versatility of Thanksgiving dressing.

In other words, think brunch frittata.

The recipe is simple. Just warm stuffing in a nonstick, oven-proof skillet, preferably cast-iron. Add beaten eggs and your favorite shredded cheese, cook until just set, and then pop under the broiler until cooked to a golden-brown.

Whoever said leftover stuffing is always boring?

Not your Traditional Pilgrims' Roasted Turkey

Sure, turkey has a reputation as a standout among leftovers. Who DOESN'T love a late-night turkey sandwich piled high on a toasted roll?

But you can always mix it up with turkey, too.

As in: Pan-fried dumplings.

Just toss finely chopped roasted turkey, carrots, scallions and ginger with enough beaten eggwhite to moisten. Stuff wonton wrappers with the filling, pan-fry and serve with soy sauce for dipping.

You'll never think of turkey the same way again.

A Dessert that Doubles as a Dessert

In closing our discussion of Thanksgiving leftover makeovers, it's only fitting we tackle dessert. (Of course, there are many of us who prefer to START meals with dessert, so the order is completely up to you!)

Our suggestion? Apple pie milkshakes.

The recipe is about as simple as they come. Add a slice of apple pie to your favorite milkshake combo (e.g., milk, vanilla and a pinch of cinnamon) and blend. Top with a drizzle of caramel sauce and you're good to go.

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Cache's Corner: Every Dog Has His Day - A Review of the New Pixels

Last month, I spent my time sniffing out all the upgrades and improvements to the new iPhones. As 'pawmised,' this month I dedicated my time to hunting down all there is to know about Google's latest Pixel smartphones. Interestingly enough, it seems like the tech-giant has taken pieces of what makes the iPhone so appealing and has applied it to Android technology (if only I could do the same thing with me and Clawdia). And, unlike other Android providers, Google has really raised the stakes against iphone users. Indeed, the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which are available in-stores, are certainly top dog material!

Both versions have maintained many of the features and design elements that Android users have come to expect of Google’s technology. For instance, the two-tone back maintains a single camera lens – because there's no need for a second lens to get high-quality images with such superior software. The smartphones also kept Active Edge to summon Google Assistant, as well as the full HD pOLED display, 4GB of RAM and Android 9 Pie operating system that debuted with the Pixel 2 XL. Other features that carried over to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL include the e-SIM card, fingerprint scanner and Bluetooth 5 capability.

Here's how these two smartphones stand up:

Hardware Upgrades

This year, it seems the biggest improvements to the Pixel are in its software. Yes, the hardware has also made some gains, including the all-glass Gorilla Glass 5 back for improved durability (reported to be 1.8 times more durable than the Pixel 2, and to be able to withstand drops of over 5 feet). The all-glass back also means the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can charge wirelessly now (like the new iPhone X models). Both Pixels also have rounded aluminum edges for added durability and improved water resistance (also on par with the new iPhone X models), and the Pixel 3 XL has a screen notch to allow a fuller edge-to-edge display (Pixel 3 maintains the no-notch look of previous versions).

Buyers of these new smartphones will also get a surprise in the packaging, with USB-C wired Pixel ear-buds included! (Previously, Google has never opted for an ear-bud bundle with its devices.) With improved sound on the smartphones' front-facing speakers, the inclusion of the ear-buds this time around is a nice touch on Google's part.

Software Upgrades

Although the hardware upgrades seem moderate, it's in the software that users will truly appreciate the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Both devices have upgraded processors (10nm Snapdragon 845 mobile platform with the Adreno 630 GPU) and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio that supports a wider color gamut display. What does this mean? Get ready for improved streaming with smoother, more fluid graphics, especially with game-play! The Pixel Visual Core has also received some attention for better image processing and image learning. In fact, the Visual Core works with the camera and on-device shortcuts to prompt you to call, email or access the website listed on business card, or through a QR code, placed in front of the lens. And you don't even need an internet signal for access! And speaking of responsive camera technology, users of both Pixel versions will see the return of Google Lens, so you can activate search simply by placing the item in question in front of your camera lens. There's even a new call-screening feature, where Google's Duplex can answer potential spam calls for you.

Most impressive are the improvements Google has made to its camera system. While the back lens on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL remains by itself; the sensor has been upgraded for faster and sharper autofocus as well as for improved dynamic range and color reproduction. Both versions also support RAW image capture that any photographer would envy. The devices also feature a synthetic fill flash for portraits, sharper contrast and detail as well as deeper colors and truer white balance, and even night-sight sensors for brighter images in low-light conditions. Most surprising is Google's decision to add hardware for the front screen cameras, as the tech-giant generally keeps hardware updates to a minimum. Users of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL can now revel in dual 8MP cameras, one regular lens and one wide-angle.

And while we're on the camera-trail, it's bark-worthy to note the updated Portrait Mode, which now uses a learning algorithm instead of just dual-pixel depth for image mapping; as well as to the newly added Top Shot, which records a second and a half burst of shots (as long as the Motion Photos setting is turned on) so you can choose the perfect moment of your action shot to keep. (Like when my humans go to take my picture and suddenly a squirrel runs by.)

All in all, the camera upgrades made to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL support fans' reviews that these Android devices provide the most consistent, most reliable quality of images and video. And what's more, you can teach an old dog new tricks with these devices, as the camera system has zero learning curve.

Here is a quick comparison for all my tech-spec aficionados:

Pixel 3

  • Starting at $799
  • 5-inch screen with pOLED display (no notch)
  • 18:9 aspect ratio
  • 443 ppi
  • 1,080×2,160 resolution

Pixel 3 XL

  • Starting at $899
  • 3-inch screen with notched QHD+pOLED display
  • 5:9 aspect ratio
  • 523 ppi
  • 1,440×2,960 resolution

The Conclusion

Every time a new Pixel comes out, there is a new smartphone listed for 'Best Camera' – not best Android camera – and the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL continue to bring Google to the top of that list. You're basically purchasing the camera (and likely the best one for any smartphone device), and you get the perks of a smartphone to go with it. And while the battery life and the screen brightness on these devices are still lacking, they will seem like minor hiccups compared to the overall better build quality and superior software of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.

It seems Apple-only-users will soon be chasing their tails, as Google catches up and starts surpassing it on user-friendliness and capabilities. (With that in mind, it should also be noted that the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL basically turn into a Google Home when it is docked on the Pixel Stand – let's see Apple figure that one out!)

So there you go: my review of the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL Android devices that have just been released. Hope this helps you on the hunt for a new smartphone!

Until next time!
Your pawsitively pawesome pal Cache

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Message from the President – Quarter 4

Crisp air, beautiful foliage and a sweep of updates from your favorite, local bank...what a re-'leaf' that fall is here!

Football is back in season, the weather is getting cooler and soon the days will be getting shorter. While many will take these cues as reason to start heading inside and prepare for hibernation-mode, SIS Bank and our employees are layering up and heading out with new programs and services for our community!

We kicked off the season with our annual Touchdowns for Good campaign. Now in its 5th year, this philanthropic effort in partnership with WBLM-FM of Portland and The Shark of Portsmouth aims to give back to local and deserving non-profits based on the scores of New England’s favorite football team. SIS donates $50 for every touchdown thrown by the Patriots’ quarterback throughout the regular season. Each month, a different charity is aided by this campaign, and this year is no different: the Travis Mills Foundation kicked things off in September and will receive $500! Honor Flight of Maine was been selected for October and received $350; Free Veterans Martial Arts Training has been chosen for November and Wreaths Across America will receive the December donation when the regular season closes. Make sure you check back at the end of each month to see the totals for each organization!

In tandem with our Touchdowns for Good campaign, we are happy to announce our sponsorship of 105.3 The Shark’s “U Pick Em” segment. Every Wednesday, SIS Bank Digital Marketing Assistant Jake Ouellette heads over to The Shark’s studio for a game-selecting challenge. Ouellette pairs up with Shark Morning Show co-host Sarah Sullivan, and the two compete head-to-head against Sullivan’s co-host, Aaron “A-Train” Lapierre, and his partner to see who can correctly pick the winning teams for each week. Only time will tell who rakes in the most points! Through the first 11 games of the season, Team Jake and Sarah have compiled a stunning 9-2 record!

Speaking of raking…the leaves may be falling, but at SIS our CD rates are rising! This time of year is ripe with requests for more options and ways to save. As The Bank that Listens, we are thrilled to announce your chance to rake in some extra savings is here—with our 25-Month CD special. Click here for the details.

And what would a traditional New England fall be without a great harvest? (A harvest of knowledge, that is!) We offer regular free seminars for all SIS Bundle customers, to harvest information on, and improve, your financial and personal wellness. On Tuesday, October 23, SIS Bundle customers are invited to join us for “Can We Talk? Communicating with Health Care Providers.” Contact your local SIS branch if you want to learn more.

Earlier this season, SIS employees rustled up some extra energy for volunteering needs in our communities. It is with great pleasure that I share how successful our Business After Hours networking event in York was (held on September 19), as well as our participation in Sanford’s Great Pumpkin Festival (September 30). The folks in the branch of our main office entered a flamingo and won First Prize for People's Choice and Second Price for Judges'; Choice. Check out a photo of our entry on www.facebook.com/banksis.

Lastly of mention, but certainly not least, are the travel experiences reaped by our Golden Rewards members as part of their program benefits. Most recently, the group travelled to Virginia Beach for some last-minute rays of sun and warmth. Up next is the annual New York Trip, occurring November 30 – December 4, and the long-awaited day trip to see the Boston Pops perform on December 6.

What a bounty of good news and updates, indeed! Here’s to another autumnal season of success as we reap and sow with our communities.

Best wishes,

Blaine A. Boudreau

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SIS Bank Raises Over $1,000 for Animal Welfare Society

While most hear 'cache' and think about clearing their computer history, we associate the term with our loveable dog blog character that publishes articles to the SIS website. And now, the Animal Welfare Society will also think of 'cash' when they talk about 'Cache.' We are thrilled to announce our recent surprise donation of $1,013 to AWS, raised from sales of our 'Cache the Dog' stuffed animal.

Each month, Cache the Dog writes his review of new technology, gadgets or apps, and the blog is published to SIS' website. As part of the promotional launch last year for Cache, SIS had stuffed animals created to look like the husky-inspired, technology-loving character. These were distributed to their branches and offered for sale with all of the proceeds designated to go to AWS.

Animal Welfare Society is a No Kill humane society serving all of York County. In addition to animal adoption, the shelter offers multiple community programs, such as Pets and Women to Safety, Paws Across America, Humane Education, behavior and training classes and an in-house veterinary clinic. Donations to the shelter go toward providing these services and fulfilling the mission of AWS.

"We are thrilled with the support of our customers and branch staff for our Cache the Dog fundraiser to benefit the Animal Welfare Society," says SIS Bank Senior Vice President Brenda Keene. "Not only did everyone get to bring home a replica of our fun-loving husky mascot, but they were thrilled their money was going to help this worthy organization that cares for so many beautiful animals."

"This donation comes at a great time," says AWS Director of Development, Kerrie Leclair. "We are low on dog toys and will spend the donation replenishing our supplies for our residents."

This is also not the first time that Cache has supported AWS in conjunction with SIS Bank. In lieu of providing a prize to the winner who submitted the technology-financial pun moniker last year, SIS Bank donated $500 to the animal-friendly charity to celebrate the 'pawsitively pawsome' new name.

For more information on Animal Welfare Society, visit http://animalwelfaresociety.org.

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2019 Shaping Up to Be One of the Best Yet

As the 2018 year picks up speed with the holidays getting in full swing, we are also knocking on the door of a new year – 2019. The Golden Rewards program which has become a model for the basis of our other product bundles, has continued to grow in popularity. You've read about our travel program that has become a staple for many Golden Rewards members, and the itinerary for the upcoming year is shaping up to be one of the best we have ever had.

We've been sharing with you information on our Italy Land Tour, the Nashville experience, and more, and we want to thank you for wanting to experience these places with us. We say this because they're already sold out and we haven't even rung in the new year! But, we continue to add to our list and we're happy to say that we'll be paying a visit to the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA in April to dance along to some of the most legendary hits with the ABBA tribute band – Dancing Dream. New to the program is a mid-week getaway to Cape Cod in June. What better time of year to visit such a beautiful coast line such as Cape Cod? We've also brought back our famous trip to Cabbage Island in Boothbay Harbor, ME where, if you haven't had a chance to go yet, you really experience the "True Taste of Maine."

You may not believe us when we tell you, but we're already looking ahead to 2020 with cruises to Key West, Cuba and even a cruise down the famous Danube, going from Prague to Budapest. More information on these trips can be found on our Golden Rewards page. We will also be sending out our monthly Golden Rewards E-Newsletter during the last week of November. Not a member of the Golden Reward program, but interested in learning more? Give our program director, Jackie Roberts a call today at (207) 608-4354 or send her an email at jroberts@banksis.com.

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